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Mercury Air Pollution Reflected in Ocean Fish, Study Says

Concentrations in yellowfin tuna are rising nearly 4 percent a year

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Rising mercury levels in the air are likely to blame for increasing amounts of mercury in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, researchers say.

Mercury concentrations in the fish are rising by 3.8 percent or... » Read the full article

58 Million Americans Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: CDC

Two out of five children breathing in passive smoke, study says

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Although fewer Americans are smoking and more communities have smoke-free laws, 58 million nonsmokers are still being exposed to secondhand smoke, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

And that's d... » Read the full article

A Pill a Day? No Way, Survey Says

1 of 3 respondents rejected the idea even if it meant a shorter life

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 One out of three adults would sooner face a shorter life span than take a daily pill to prevent heart disease, a new Internet survey found.

And about one in five would be willing to pay $1,000 or... » Read the full article

Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine

Lack of immunization may put nursing home residents at risk, researchers note

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Only about one in two U.S. nursing home workers gets an annual flu shot, a new study says.

"Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of contracting influenza," wrote the aut... » Read the full article

Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery

Knowing why readmissions happen is first step in reducing them, researcher says

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Infections are the most likely reason people end up back in the hospital after surgery, a new study finds.

Of nearly 500,000 operations studied, 6 percent of the patients were readmitted for sur... » Read the full article

Blood Test Aims to Detect Parkinson's in Early Stages

Researchers also hope it will help doctors track treatment

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Researchers have developed a blood test that they say could help neurologists detect Parkinson's disease and track the illness as it progresses.

"If successful, we expect our findings will transl... » Read the full article

Battlefield Blood-Transfusion 'Recipe' Passes Real-Life Test

Balanced mix of blood products, developed in combat arenas, better than regular transfusions, trial finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 A new blood transfusion strategy developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan looks like the best way to save civilians bleeding out from severe wounds, a new study reports.

A blood tran... » Read the full article

Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study

Better use of data to implement change is needed, researchers suggest

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 Report cards on the quality of surgical care provided by hospitals don't appear to benefit Medicare patients, a new study finds.

The report cards have been issued under the American College of Su... » Read the full article

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